During the opening of a Satanist convention, “SatanCon,” in Boston, Massachusetts, two leaders opened with a formal ceremony renouncing “symbols of oppression,” by ripping up a Bible and “Thin Blue Line” flag representing the police.
“We stand here today in defiance of their siege and destroy their symbols of oppression,” a female Satanist told the crowd before ripping pages out of the Bible and throwing them on the floor, a video showed.
They shouted, “Hail Satan!”
A male leader joined in the protest, tearing the flag, and tossing it on the floor, surrounded by cheers from fellow Satanists.
“We must build a true community outside of the virtual,” the male leader also said before taking a hammer to a keyboard. “Rebelling comes in many forms to each and their own within their own capabilities and their own situation. For some of us, merely existing one more day is victory, but for those of us who can, we must stand up for those who cannot.”
“SatanCon” a three-day sold-out event was touted as the largest gathering of Satanists in history.
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Christians around the country have reacted to the conference, asking for prayer.
“Rather than protesting in person, we hope to storm the Heavens with a prayer from our shrines, monasteries, and parishes,” the Catholic archdiocese said and offered a list of places to pray with other Catholics over the weekend the convention takes place.